(CBS) Bulls center Joakim Noah had another splendid all-around game in Chicago’s 102-87 win at Minnesota on Wednesday night, recording 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. It was his fourth triple-double of the season, tying him with Indiana’s Lance Stephenson for the most in the NBA. It was also the seventh triple-double of Noah’s career.
The performance also put Noah in some select company in franchise history.
The four triple-doubles are also the most by a Bulls player in a single season since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen each had four in the 1992-’93 season. And with his 398 assists this season, Noah broke the Bulls’ frachise record for assists by a center that had been set by Tom Boerwinkle way back in 1970-’71.
The win was Chicago’s sixth in a row, which was notable for its meaning in the standings now and another reason, as Bulls stats guru Jeff Mangurten pointed out.
The Bulls have won 6 in a row without Derrick Rose in any of the games for the first time since Nov-Dec 2006.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) April 10, 2014